Artists in Manhattan Are Actually Eating Rats Now

07/26/2012 12:03 PM |

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While Brooklyn is still busy fetishizing food like it’s a little girl in a beauty pageant, over in Manhattan, they’re looking at things a little more realistically, simultaneously preparing for the coming apocalypse and urging it ever closer.

By throwing $100-a-plate art world rat feasts.

At the Lower East Side’s Allegra La Viola gallery last night, artist Laura Ginn threw an expensive, rat-based dinner party entitled “Tomorrow We Will Feast Again on What We Catch.” The event was touted as a “post-apocalyptic hunter-gatherer feast.”

The Observer
reports that this genre of art is known as “ruin porn.”

So, surrounded by video projection of rat pelts drying in a shower (part of the process of making a rat-skin dress, of course) and Ginn bludgeoning a deer’s head with a rock then scooping the brains out, a bunch of people paid a lot of money for dishes like “Rat Two Ways” and “goat cheese crostini overlain with a small piece of rat meat.” There were also shot glasses of gazpacho.

Yep, I’d say this is definitely how things will look once the bottom actually, inevitably drops out.

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